Chinese troops march during the Vostok 2022 military exercise at a firing range in Russia’s Far East, on Aug. 31, 2022. (Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP) After securing a third term as leader of China’s ruling communist party (CCP) at its national congress, Xi Jinping ordered the nation’s military for the first time to focus on fighting wars. Experts believe this remark was made mainly for domestic political purposes.
According to Chinese official media reports, Xi said at the Joint Operations Command Center of the Military Commission on Nov. 8 that the entire CCP military should “focus all its energy on fighting wars, and work hard on fighting wars, speed up the improvement of its ability to win to defend national sovereignty and security.”
He claimed that his visit was to show the determination of his new military commission to comprehensively strengthen training and preparation for war.
Li Zhengxiu, a military expert at the Taiwan National Policy Foundation, told The Epoch Times on Nov. 9 that most countries do not deliberately reveal their military preparations.
“Xi is actually very clear that no country will take the initiative to attack China at present, including the United States. Therefore, he issued such an order while inspecting the Central Military Commission with only one purpose, that is, to spare no effort to maintain the rule of the CCP and its stability in mainland China. His speech is not directly related to other countries,” he said.
Li added that Xi’s emphasis on war preparation only highlights his vanity as the CCP military’s top leader as a warning to his domestic opposition not to challenge his absolute authority. Chinese soldiers operate with their Type 96A tank during the Tank Biathlon competition at the International Army Games 2022 in Alabino outside Moscow, Russia, on Aug. 16, 2022. […]
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